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Three Impostors present: ‘Things Near and Far’ by Arthur Machen
Wednesday October 14th, 7pm

Pre-Feminsim in London Conference Special: Women's Liberation Through Film with Jennifer Lee 
Wednesday 21st October, 7pm

‘Injustice: Why social inequality still persists’ with Danny Dorling
Thursday 22nd October, 7pm

Pre-Anarchist Bookfair Special: Datacide present ‘Soundsytem Culture and Resistance’
Friday 23rd October, 7pm

An evening with Nawal El Saadawi
Tuesday 27th October, 7pm

‘Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’ with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
Wednesday 28th October, 7pm

Veterans for Peace Remembrance Day Event
Monday 2nd November, 7pm

Left Book Club present ‘Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth’ with Kevin Ovenden
Wednesday 4th November, 7pm

Salvage #2: Awaiting the Furies
Wednesday 11th November, 7pm

'The Far Right In Europe' with Fred Leplat
Wednesday 18th November, 7pm

‘Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century’ with Richard Bourne
Wednesday 25th November, 7pm

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Three Impostors present: ‘Things Near and Far’ by Arthur Machen

Wednesday October 14th, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

‘All the wonders lie within a stone’s-throw of King’s Cross Station’.

Arthur Machen, Things Near and Far. The publication of ‘Things Near and Far’ completes Three Impostors edition of Arthur Machen’s autobiographical trilogy. In this book Machen describes his life as a struggling writer in the turbulent literary world of 1890s London, his involvement with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, his years as an actor in the early 20th century, and his explorations on foot of the ‘labyrinthine maze’ of the great city. 

The book is a hard back, with dust jacket, limited to 250 numbered copies, with an introduction by Horatio Clare, photographs, endnotes and an index. Join us for the launch on October 14th, when actor, writer and London tour guide Robert Kingham ( will perform a reading of Machen’s unsettling story ‘N’, set in Stoke Newington, but not necessarily the Stoke Newington you may know… 

Complimentary wine and soft drinks available.

Pre-Feminsim in London Conference Special:

Women's Liberation Through Film with Jennifer Lee
Wednesday 21st October, 7pm

Free Entry

An informal meeting and discussion of women in filmmaking with Jennifer Lee, the creator of the FEMINIST: STORIES FROM WOMEN’S LIBERATION film, which won "Best of the Fest" for documentary at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival. It is a film exploring the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement on our lives. Jennifer's portfolio includes directing and producing many films, feminist and mainstream, over the course of her career. 

Please do join us for a discussion of feminism, filmmaking and discussion women in the creative industries more broadly. If you'd like more details about Jennifer and her film, please go to her website:

Jennifer is also speaking about women's history and screening her film at the Feminist Library, the British Library and the Feminism in London conference this month!


‘Injustice: Why social inequality still persists’
with Danny Dorling

Thursday 22nd October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

In the five years since the first edition of ‘Injustice’ there have been devastating increases in poverty, hunger and destitution in the UK. Globally, the richest 1% have never held a greater share of world wealth, while the share of most of the other 99% has fallen in the last five years, with more and more people in debt, especially the young. Economic inequalities will persist and continue to grow for as long as we tolerate the injustices which underpin them.

This fully rewritten and updated edition revisits Dorling’s claim that Beveridge’s five social evils are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice: elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good and despair is inevitable.

By showing these beliefs are unfounded, Dorling offers hope of a more equal society. We are living in the most remarkable and dangerous times. With every year that passes it is more evident that Injustice is essential reading for anyone concerned with social justice and wants to do something about it.


"Superb and invaluable ammunition in the fight against inequality and injustice"

Owen Jones, author and Guardian columnist

"Rich insights into how prejudice, presumption and a paucity of regard for our fellow human beings reinforces poverty as well as privilege."

David Cay Johnston, journalist and author, Pulitzer Prize winner

"A rallying point for a different vision of society, one in which elitism is replaced by equality, exclusion and prejudice by acceptance, greed by selflessness, and despair by confidence. It is only in such an environment that individual fulfilment, regardless of position in the social order, and so desperately craved but so rarely realised in capitalist society, is available to all. What, then, are we waiting for?"

The Oxford Left Review

"Think twice before reading this book – you may well become an activist against social injustice, inequality and the exploitation of labour. Danny Dorling gives us words that are weapons."

Ken Loach, director

Paperback, 484 pages, 216 x 138 mm

Other formats available

ISBN 9781447320753


Pre-Anarchist Bookfair Special:

Datacide present

‘Soundsytem Culture and Resistance’
Friday 23rd October, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Datacide, the magazine of Noise & Politics, launch a new anthology and discuss the relationship between soundsytem culture and resistance.

More details to follow...

An evening with Nawal El Saadawi

Tuesday 27th October, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans are delighted to welcome Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist, Nawal El Saadawi, to discuss her novels, three new editions of which have just been published by Zed Books.

Nawal was born in 1931, in a small village outside Cairo. She is the author of over 50 novels and short stories. As well as being a world renowned novelist she is a trained psychiatrist and outspoken advocate for feminism, socialism and anti-imperialism.

Zed Books have republished the following three titles, copies of which will be available on the night:

Woman at Point Zero

'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.'

So begins Firdaus's remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either.

As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth - that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing.

This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.

The Hidden Face of Eve

This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago.

Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering.

She goes on to explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the essence of Islam or any human faith.

The Hidden Face of Eve remains a classic of modern Arab writing.

God Dies by the Nile

God Dies by the Nile is Nawal El Saadawi's classic attempt to square religion with a society in which women are respected as equals. Set in Kafr El Teen - a beautiful, sleepy village on the banks of the Nile - it follows Zakeya, an ordinary villager, as she awakens to and struggles against the injustice and oppression around her.


‘Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’ with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Wednesday 28th October, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Despite the profound crisis of capitalism and the mass mobilizations of people around the world in response, there has been no successful contestation of neoliberalism’s hegemony. Inventing the Future is a major new manifesto that argues for a novel set of alternatives for the future—alternatives which seek to rekindle a popular modernity.

Against the confused understanding of the high-tech and neoliberal world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future, the authors envisage a post-capitalist economy is capable of advancing living standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies which free us from biological and environmental constraints.


“Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams' project dares to propose a different way of thinking and acting. Given the fizzling of the Occupy moment, a radical rethinking of the anarchic approach is badly needed but just not happening. This book could do a lot of work in getting that rethink going.”

– Doug Henwood, author of Wall Street

“The Left has lost its grip on the future. In retreat from technological modernity, too many leftists have fled to the local, the organic and the spontaneous. Inventing the Future shows why these strategies are misguided, and offers a vision of how left-wing politics can be rebuilt for the 21st century.”

– Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: Is there no Alternative?

Veterans for Peace Remembrance Day Event

Monday 2nd November, 7pm
Free Entry but donations to Veterans for Peace will be appreciated

Veterans For Peace UK is a voluntary ex-services organisation of men and women who have served in every war that Britain has fought since WW2.

Their work focusses on:

* Educating young people of the true nature of military service and war.

* Resisting war and militarism through non-violent action.

* Standing in solidarity with people resisting militarism and war.

VFP UK hope to convince people that war is not the answer to the problems of the 21st century. 

In the run up to Remembrance Sunday, VFP UK invite you to an evening of anti-war performance, discussion and music.

Left Book Club present:
‘Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth’
with Kevin Ovenden

Wednesday 4th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans are delighted to welcome journalist and activist Kevin Ovenden to discuss his book ‘Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth’. Kevin tells the turbulent story of Syriza’s first months in office.

The twists and turns of the bailout negotiations with the Troika; the brief reign of iconoclastic Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis; and the surge of radical, popular support all converge to create a pivotal moment in Europe's recent history.


Based on firsthand reporting this book is the perfect read for anyone looking to go behind the headlines and uncover the real situation in Greece.

Published by the Left Book Club

‘Mesmerising… Ovenden cuts through stereotypes and ignorance to tell the story of the Greek resistance’

Paul Mason

'A fascinating, humane, caustic analysis of Greece and the rebirth of its left- an inspiration for progressives everywhere'

Zoe Williams, Guardian

Salvage #2: Awaiting the Furies

Wednesday 11th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

To celebrate the launch of Salvage #2: Awaiting the Furies - featuring the work of Rosie Warren, Sai Englert, Richard Seymour, Sam Kriss, Rafeef Ziadah, Nick Mamatas, Jord Rosenberg and Andrea Gibbons – join the Salvage editors and contributors for an evening of talk and readings.


About Salvage

Salvage is a quarterly of revolutionary arts and letters. 

Salvage is edited and written by and for the desolated Left, by and for those committed to radical change, sick of capitalism and its sadisms, and sick too of the Left’s bad faith and bullshit. 

Salvage has earned its pessimism. Salvage yearns for that pessimism to be proved wrong. 

Salvage commits to publishing essays, poems, art and fiction without sectarian, stylistic or formal constraint. Salvage requires only that they cleave to liberation.

Salvage does not believe the first, last and only word with regard to prose style was passed down on a stone tablet by Orwell in one overrated essay. 


‘The Far Right In Europe’

with Fred Leplat
Wednesday 18th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Nearly 70 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, the far right and even fascism are again a significant threat in Europe.  In the May 2014 European Parliament elections, organisations with a range of fascist, racist and anti-migrant ideologies won significant votes in a number of European countries, including the National Front topping the poll in France and explicitly Nazi parties winning seats in countries like Germany and Greece. The global economic crisis of 2007 has given renewed energy and confidence to racists and fascists, while the left has generally been unable to give hope to the millions affected by the crisis.

This book is survey of the far right in seven countries of Europe with different political histories: Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. The survey, by activists and researchers from those countries, reveals a disturbing picture of far-right parties, some with a mass base, which have been able to drag the mainstream political parties to the right. This book is intended to be a contribution to understanding the nature of these far-right parties and of the threat we face.

Price: £12

Published by Resistance Books

Publication date: November 2015 –

‘Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century’

with Richard Bourne

Wednesday 25th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Known as the 'African Giant', Nigeria's story is a complex and often contradictory one. How, despite the ravages of colonialism, civil war, ongoing economic disappointment and most recently the Boko Harem armed insurgency, has the country managed to stay together for a hundred years?

Why, despite an abundance of oil, mineral and agricultural wealth, have so many of its people remained in poverty? These are the key questions explored by Richard Bourne in this remarkable and wide-ranging account of Nigeria's history since it came into existence as a defined geographical entity in 1914.

Featuring a wealth of original research and interviews,Richard Bourne's new book, pulbished by Zed Books, is an essential insight into the shaping of a country where - despite the seemingly dashed hopes that were raised at independence - there still remains hope 'the Nigeria project' may still succeed.


'Writing about the diversity and complexity of governance in Nigeria poses a challenge even to established historians. Richard Bourne has in this book tackled the challenge with detailed research and admirable perspicacity. Recommended reading for all those interested in Nigerian history.'
Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General

'This book is a major achievement and I defy anyone who reads it not to learn from it and gain greater understanding of the nature and development of a major African nation.'
Lalage Bown, Professor Emeritus, Glasgow University

'Richard Bourne's meticulously researched book is a major addition to Nigerian history.'
Guy Arnold, author of Africa: A Modern History

Book details

‘Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century’ by Richard Bourne

Zed Books / 15 October 2015 
ISBN: 9781780329062 
229 pages 


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